Are you thinking about leaving your spouse but fear that you can't afford a divorce?
There are resources that you can access that can help you reduce your costs.
Resources for Divorces
To find court forms, courthouse information and to run financial calculations, you can get started with California's Judicial Council Forms. You will find divorce and legal separation forms there.
If you are intent on handling your divorce without a lawyer, you will also need to familiarize yourself with California Family Code, Code of Civil Procedure, California Rules of Court, and local rules of court for your county. You will find some of this information on Findlaw's website for attorneys.
In addition, there is a California Self Help website with information and instructions to help with contested and uncontested matters.
The California Department of Child Support Services includes a Guideline Child Support Calculator to help you determine child support obligations.
Furthermore, if you'd like to educate yourself about your divorce while using a family law attorney, the State Bar of California publishes online recordings of continuing legal education programs.
A special program called CourtCall is a service allowing lawyers, parties and sometimes witnesses to appear via telephone instead of in person at the courthouse.
Are you trying to determine the value of your home? Zillow and Trulia are websites that can help to accomplish this task.
Of course, to determine the value of your vehicles you can always use Kelly Blue Book, which also has a website.
Do You Really Want to Handle Your Divorce Alone?
Divorce is a complicated issue. Emotions tend to run high, parties tend to stress easily, and misunderstandings and miscommunication often occur when a husband and wife decide to handle their divorce on their own.
It is far easier to hire a family law attorney who has experience in the field, who already has easy access to forms, who has studied the law, and most importantly, can intervene as your advocate.
When you divorce, you really do need someone who is on your side.
Divorces are fraught with intense emotional feelings, accusations, and tremendous anger and regret. To achieve the result you need, having an attorney on your side can enable you to get the result you feel you deserve while reducing your stress considerably.
Divorce proceedings are further complicated when children are involved. Issues arise over custody, support payments, and even grandparents' visitation rights. Do you feel capable of negotiating these issues calmly?
When you decide to leave your husband or wife, the people you once loved -- including your in-laws -- can suddenly become your enemies. And they become parties who may not be interested in an outcome that is in your favor.
Hiring an experienced family law attorney to step in to protect your interests will go a long way to ensuring that the settlements you agree to are fair and in your best interest.